[CCWG-ACCT] Fundamental Bylaws memo

Malcolm Hutty malcolm at linx.net
Fri Apr 24 07:17:53 UTC 2015

On 23/04/2015 05:11, Jordan Carter wrote:
> Hi all
> For those not on the call, the attached is to deal with a gap in the draft
> comment report.
> It has only come into existence in the past 24h as we realised the gap.
> Apols for the short notice, as explained by Mathieu.

Dear Jordan and Becky,

Thank you for spotting this omission, and producing this proposal to
address it.

I would like to support it in all respects save one, the threshold for
changing fundamental bylaws, which I think you have set too low.

You say that "ICANN should be able to expand its Mission only under very
limited circumstances". I agree, but I do not think that 3/4 Board plus
an unspecified supermajority of the community council is high enough.

Compare the process to spill the Board, a near consensus ("75%/85%") is
required in 2/3s of the SOs and ACs to even ask the community council to
consider a spill. I do not think that spilling the Board should be
harder to achieve than expanding the Mission, so I propose that we also
require a near consensus in 2/3s of the SOACs (including at least one
SO) for a change in Fundamental Bylaws to be considered by the community

Kind Regards,


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